Conference Community Project

Community project(s) for Texas 2017! Sign up here

(Thanks to Michael Kramer and Dan & Linda Dipert for making this possible) 

The Community Project will have two components:

1. Gilding in the new chapel of the Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. This will be a non-denominational destination for prayer, meditation, or silence; it can also be arranged for groups for traditional faith services. The room design is being finalized right now, and it will have a number of gilded surfaces. This includes a recessed dome in the ceiling as well as the front of the altar table and also a hanging art piece.  All these will be done in 23 karat gold. The dome will be laid out in a circular pattern and the art piece has many different components and figures which will be gilded.

 2. A University of Texas (at Arlington) horse mascot. This 6’ tall horse will be entirely gilded in 23kt gold leaf and will be sitting outside on a corner. After the gilding is completed, the surface will be decorated with patterns of the logo and also toned and finished.

There is a separate Doodle calendar for each of the project components. The Chapel link is here; The Horse link is here

The sign-up calendars have options for working mornings, afternoons, or all day. Choose one day, two or as many as you want, Monday through Friday. I have Saturday morning listed “If Needed”. Don’t worry, we will put you to work if even for 1/2 day.

Please click on the component you would like to work on. You can work on both (just not at the same time). Due to space constraints we can only use 6 people on the horse at any one time, or 10 – 12 in the chapel. Just something to keep in mind.

In the Chapel, a half-dome in the ceiling, a sculptural piece, and the front of the altar will all be gilded. The Horse will be entirely gilded and then have a chatoyant stenciled pattern (think something akin to spun centers). It will then be toned and waxed.

All work will be done on site in genuine gold leaf using LeFranc a slow oil size.. The Chapel ceiling and top of the sculpture will be done from scaffolding (not tall, but it will be a stationary platform with guardrails, etc.)

All the surfaces will be prepped for us. We will lay out the ceiling in concentric rings under the size and the horse will be laid out in a pattern so we can conserve leaf.

The ceiling and horse will be done with patent leaf; there will be a combination of patent and loose leaf on the sculptural elements. Participants will need to bring their own tools, specifically squirrel hair skewing brushes and mops. We may be using tips and cutting leaf for the sculpture, so bring your tips, knives and pads.

If you want to attend the reception and other social events, you MUST sign up for the Guest registration, which is $35 and well worth it.  Thanks and looking forward to seeing you in June!